Skip Port Stephens, go Nelson Bay in April.

Australia, Travel

So we left Stockton holiday park, and its a sunny day lucky for us! After enduring days of cold at NSW lol. Well, less cold at least, still rainy though.

We walked around the beautiful area and the weather is just cloudy – rainy – cloudy – sudden rain. We saw one elderly couple intend to go take a ride in their boat but because of the rain they have to get in and out of the car, waiting for the rain to stop, when it rains get back into the car again. So we were chilling in our car too because we thought of taking a walk, but with the fickle weather it ain’t easy.

When it was just drizzling (and hopefully no sudden pour of rain) we walked around the bay path. We were EXTREMELY EXCITED when we saw A PELICAN! Trying to zoom our camera and phones, tryna stalk the chill bird (which later on in our trip we start to see it more and and felt meh ).

As we kept walking, we saw a mangrove park. The area was quite empty (due to the weather I guess) and I find it amusing that most Aussies own a boat/yacht/water thingy. Hauke told me Aussies tend to spend their money on this (correct me if I am wrong). Cause previously I was wondering the groceries are soooooooo cheap so where does Aussies spend their money on? So it make more sense, even though now sometimes I still wonder , need more confirmation :p, then also recently found out their tax rate is of course higher than where I’m from (then again! groceries are cheap and roads/infrastructure etc are good! So tax went into good use).

He was hoping to see some koala. We talked to a Swede woman that has been living in Australia for 20 years, according to her now is not the season, if they are around they would be really noisy at night.

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Woohoo pelican at damn far away but woohooo damn excited!

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Saw that pelican!

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His turn to stalk the pelican

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We had to ride at the shoplot there when the rain suddenly came pouring

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Mangrove boardwalk!

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Lake Macquarie, feeling the serene beauty.

Australia, Travel

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Day 3: It was such a relief to leave Blue Mountains, since we didnt prepare autumn/winter clothing. Took a quick stop at Penrith to stock up on food supplies at K-Mart. Got into Aldi too and it was WOW to me because I look at the price (without converting) and it was SO CHEAP (and even some after converting back to my currency). There’s a huge difference of price of eating out and buying in the supermarket for Aus, and other western countries I think. But back at my place, everyone eats out all the time since the price is almost similar to buying ingredients yourself anyway.

Lake Macquarie is a little small (windy) place that’s good for retirement (isn’t the whole of australia is?). It was really nice cause they have houses facing the sea (which is a rare scene for me to see). The weather is quite cloudy and windy since it’s April , turning cold in the south part. Long sleeve and pants(or bermudas) is definitely needed. It’s still chilly but it was just from cold to less cold to us so we were good enough with that already.

So we kept driving thanks to google maps and found this small shore, with a hiking place that we didn’t see, it’s a quiet small turn surrounded by houses. So you have to park your car and start walkin at the hiking trail and we chose the trail down to the lake. As you see from the pictures there’s no one except us.. and another old couple went hiking the other way.

A quick stop to enjoy some peace and the view, and off we go to look for a place with a beach/ shower spot, since we didn’t shower in the cold blue mountains.  We drove off from the secluded spot and went to the more public lake. Hauke just took a dip at the big lake, as seen on the last pic, it was like 18-20 degrees with wind and I’m like nah that is way too cold for me I only swim if its 23-30 degrees lol. But according to him, summer in Germany isn’t that warm either so.

It’s cold, he’s the only one who went down into the water. Kids around the playground must be thinking ‘ Why that guy going to the lake in autumn and what that asian girl doing?; (being asian i’m just sitting there and taking photos lol).

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Doenst look too warm! Isnt it!

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